Wreck Camp Looking for Students to 'Be Part of the Tradition'

For students whose love of Tech traditions isn’t confined to sporting or special events, becoming a Wreck Camp counselor or crew member is one way to share their enthusiasm for the Institute with others.

Wreck Camp 2012 - color fight
Click image to enlarge

Students are divided into the White, Gold and Blue teams and compete in events throughout camp.

Now in its second year, Wreck Camp gives new students a chance to get to know Tech on a deeper level from the very beginning of their time on campus. The camp spans three days and two nights and covers traditions, leadership development and diversity. Last year, 75 incoming students kick-started their arrival at Tech by participating.

"It was one of those experiences where no one knew exactly what it would be like going in since it was the first time, but it ended up being a blast," said Erin Sapp, a second-year computational media major who served on the Wreck Camp crew team last summer. Sapp will be returning this summer in the role of director of participant relations, partly for her love of seeing incoming students get comfortable in their new environment. "I think everyone came out loving the experience, loving Tech and ready to start the new year. Being a counselor and getting to watch that happen was amazing."

This year, Wreck Camp leadership hopes to see twice as many new students attend camp. Sapp, along with fellow directors Kirsten Carella, Tim Feltman and Christy Miller, have been working with Jordan Holliday, coordinator of sophomore programs and traditions camps in the Division of Student Affairs, to recruit counselors and crew for the coming year.

"We want to have a diverse, excited and fun student staff to welcome these students," Holliday said. Wreck Camp needs around 30 students to serve as counselors and crew for the 2013 program. Online applications are now open and must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. The program is designed to help enrich the student experience for both current and new students, part of Georgia Tech's strategic plan.

"The beauty of Wreck Camp is that it's for everyone," he said. "Anyone who loves helping new students, loves Georgia Tech and wants to have an awesome summer should apply." 

General Requirements of Wreck Camp Counselors and Crew:

  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with Georgia Tech.
  • Have a 2.2 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Be enrolled at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2013.

Wreck Camp Counselor Duties:

  • Interact with incoming students for camp activities, serving as a small group leader for 8 to 12 student participants.
  • Participate in all camp functions.
  • Be a positive role model and good representation of the Institute and Georgia Tech community for participants.
  • Participate in all training sessions during the spring of 2013, including a staff retreat. 
  • Contribute to staff in a positive and energetic fashion, always being a team player.
  • Serve as a member of a Wreck Camp committee.